Art.CHI 2017

Interactive Media Works

A CHI2017 Exhibition

Real Snail Mail detail of installation. is a project by boredomresearch, reversing the most enduring and ubiquitous social economic paradigms of speed and efficiency. boredomresearch offer a slow alternative to speed obsessed email, providing a communication system that exploits the charismatically slow inefficiency of snails to challenge the paradox of time impoverished contemporary culture.

Transferring emails across physical space with snails, they make it possible to communicate from anywhere in the world at a snail's pace. The snails, equipped with miniaturized electronic circuit and antenna, can be assigned messages. Sent messages travel at the speed of light before collection by a technologically enhanced snail. Snails then carry messages until they chance by a drop off point and forward messages to their final destination.

Vicky Isley, Paul Smith
Artists, National Centre for Computer Animation, Bournemouth University, UK